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Finland drastically cuts vacationer visas for Russians

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As of September 1, Finland will solely allow Russians to use for vacationer visas from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Murmansk and Petrozavodsk solely

As of September 1, Finland will solely allow Russians to use for vacationer visas from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Murmansk and Petrozavodsk solely

Finland on Thursday slashed the variety of visas issued to Russian residents to a tenth of the common quantity in a transfer seen as a present of solidarity with Ukraine.

Finland, which shares the longest border with Russia of all European Union member nations, introduced the choice in August amid rising strain from politicians and peculiar residents to limit the motion of Russian vacationers by means of the Nordic nation as Moscow continues its warfare in Ukraine.

“It’s necessary that we present that on the identical time when Ukrainians are struggling, regular tourism shouldn’t proceed enterprise as regular,” International Minister Pekka Haavisto stated throughout the EU overseas ministers assembly within the Czech capital Prague on Wednesday.

Finland will solely allow Russians to use for vacationer visas as soon as every week and in simply 4 Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Murmansk and Petrozavodsk near the Finnish border, as of September 1.

Haavisto stated he was notably fearful a couple of sort of Russian “vacationer route” by means of Helsinki airport which has been utilized by hundreds of Russians earlier than Moscow’s Feb. 24 assault on Ukraine.

On high of its visa resolution, the Finnish International Ministry stated the federal government is at present exploring the potential of serving to Russian human rights defenders, civil society members, and journalists important of the Kremlin by establishing a brand new sort of humanitarian visa enabling them to entry the Nordic nation.

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At this week’s Prague assembly, EU overseas ministers determined to tighten journey guidelines for Russians throughout the 27-member bloc however discovered no consensus to problem a full-scale vacationer visa ban, one thing that has been urged by Poland and the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Finland shares a 1,340-kilometer (830-mile) border with Russia and the nation has often ranked amongst one of the crucial in style Western journey locations or stopovers for Russian vacationers.

By- The Hindu

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